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Michigan Representative District 50

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  • Michael Matheny
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    Tim Sneller
    (Dem)

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How should the state assist other municipalities and school districts whose solvency is threatened by its financial obligations to current and future retirees?

Is the way the state funds our cities adequate to ensure safety and service delivery? If not, what changes would you support to our municipal finance model?

When cities are struggling, what is the appropriate way for the state to intervene? Should state intervention – through the emergency manager law or some other avenue – come with dollars attached? Why or why not?

How would you rate the state’s response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain your answer and what you would do, if anything, to improve the state’s response.

How would you rate the federal government’s response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain your answer and what you would do, if anything, to improve the federal government’s response.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor? If so, explain.

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? If so, explain.

Do you believe Michigan’s tax system is generally fair? If not, what changes do you support?

Would you support the establishment of a Detroit Educational Commission that would have authority to site, open and close traditional public and charter schools?

What changes, if any, would you support in the way Michigan authorizes and regulates charter schools?

Do you favor amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity?

Do you support state-level laws modeled on the federal Restoration of Religious Freedom Act?

Have you signed any public pledge to support or oppose any organization’s public policy objectives, such as outlawing abortion or barring any increase in taxes?

Do you support legislation to minimize or eliminate the influence of political parties on drawing lines for legislative districts?

Do you support decriminalization of recreational marijuana?

Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

Do you support the renewal and/or expansion of renewable energy mandates for Michigan energy producers?

Do we incarcerate too many people in Michigan? What would you change in the criminal justice system?

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City of residence Burton
Age 60
Family Single
Education 1974-Graduate from Burton Bentley High School 1985-BA University of Michigan-Flint 2002-Secondary Teaching Certification, University of Michigan-Flint
Vehicles owned 1, 2007 Pontiac G6
Professional Experience 1983-2002, legislative assistant to various legislators. 1983-1987, Office of former State Representative Bob Emerson, 1987-2002, office of State Senator John D. Cherry, Jr.. 2003-2005, teacher at Burton Bentley Schools. 2005-present working as a legislative assistant to former State Representatives Lee Gonzales, Brenda Clack, Rick Hammel, Frank Accavitti, Gino Polidori, and current Rep. Charles Smiley.
Political Experience I have been involved in politics since 1980,when I worked on former State Representative Bob Emerson first election to the State House. I have been working on various local candidate elections to state wide elections, when I was on the staff of the 2002 Granholm/Cherry campaign. I continue to be involved with the State Democratic Party.
Race/ethnicity White
Campaign Website http://timsneller.com
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I believe the state should partner with municipalities and schools to ensure their financial obligations to current and retirees. As on the state level, the state has done a great job providing financial stability for current and future retirees. Although I don't believe there is a blueprint success plan for each municipality and school, because each of those entities are different in size and scope, the delicate balance can be achieving a financial stable municipality and school district. I believe we should look at consolidation when there will be a true benefits to the citizens and at the same time cost savings.
No. We need to increase the state's commitment to our cities by increasing the revenue sharing. for decades the state has reduced it's financial obligation to cities. This has created hardships for cities like Flint and those that are financially distressed. The cities also must look at better practices and cost efficient practices that will allow them the opportunity to provide local safety and services to their citizens.
No, I do not support the current Emergency Law. The state needs to work with local units of governments long before a crisis situation arises. We have seen first hand how the implementation of the Emergency Financial Law has resulted in the crisis in Flint. Decisions that are solely in the hands on one individual, can create an even bigger problem because there was a lack of oversight and that result of just cost cutting measures lead to Flint's crisis. The state needs to step up and be responsible with financial aid that the local depend on to provide services to it's residents.
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First, the state is the primary source of Flint's water crisis. This was a man made disaster and the state should take full responsibility for the crisis. I believe the state's denial of the situation in Flint set in motion the more serious problems that arose from those bad decisions. and slow reaction not only compounded the situation, but it caused it grow. To date, the state has not removed the lead pipes the bring lead filled water to the homes affected. The state must make this a priority and continue working on the long term effects and solutions to prevent this from happening to any other municipality.
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First, when the state finally declared a state of emergency, which took months, the federal government stepped in and put experts on the ground to begin the long process of improving water quality and overall quality of life for those residents affected by the tragedy created by the state dropping the ball from the beginning of the crisis by denying it was real to finally requesting federal assistance. We need to work closely with the federal agencies assigned to the Flint water crisis and expect our federal government will find long term solutions to this major health crisis.
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No. I believe during the last 6 years, the tax has not been fair but rather it has resulted in a tax.shift. The lower income citizens in our state is paying more through increased taxes,.A good example, the pension tax, this was a big financial burden on our retiree. This is probably the most reversed age discrimination tax I have ever seen. If you were in your 50s when you retired, you now paid at state income tax at 4.25%, if you were in your early 60s, you paid half and if you were over 67 when this tax was enacted by Governor Snyder, you paid nothing. How does at state tax the same pensions at different ages fair? I support the repeal of unfair tax burden.
I have always believed it is the state's responsibility to educate our children.
I would have opposed the lifting of the cap on charter schools. We have seen too many cases where charter schools have not met standards and eventually failed, wasting valuable and limited tax dollars.I believe they should have to meet the same high standards for teacher certifications requirements, student performance and standards. There should be a level playing field between public and charter schools.
Yes, I believe all citizen's of Michigan should have the same legal rights. If elected, I would support amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include the LGBTQ community.
I believe all citizens have the right to Religious Freedman. I also don't believe anyone has a right to discriminate against any citizen.
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Yes, I support non partisan commission that draws up legislative districts. The current system is not working and should be replaced with a non biased panel or board that understands population shifts, demographic changes and a true understanding to equal representation under the law.
Yes, but we must remember Federal laws all supers-seed state laws. I believe any decriminalization of recreational marijuana should be carefully written to always ensure public safety.
Yes, I will be proud and honored to appear with our presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton
Yes, I do support investment in renewal and expansion of renewable energy, and I do believe we need to increase our standards of energy productions. I think the state needs to be a better partner with the energy producing community and work closely on long term solutions to our increased energy needs and in return reducing costs to the consumer.
Yes, I believe we incarcerate too many people in Michigan. We need to look at overall changes in our criminal justice system. First, we should address overcrowding, which put our hard working correctional officers at risk, by overcrowding in our prison and jail system.Those minor offenders could be placed into non prison setting by investing into treatment programs for those individuals who find themselves incarcerated for minor offenses like drugs and alcohol offenses.

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